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Berk, Merchant & Sims Cases

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  • Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s v. Pierson, 46 Fla. L. Weekly D1288 (Fla. 4th DCA June 2, 2021)
  • Treasure Cay v. Frontline, 2021 USDC LEXIS 29518
  • Certain Underwriters v. Pierson, 2021 Fla. App. LEXIS 7940
  • Am. Coastal Ins. Co. v. Quadomain Condo. II Ass’n, No. 4D19-1316, 294 So. 3d 921 (Fla. 4th DCA 2020)
  • Big League Ventures, LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, 474 F. Supp. 3d 1279 (S.D. Fla. June 1, 2020)
  • Pride Clean Restoration, Inc. v. Universal Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 295 So. 3d 248 (Fla. 4th DCA 2020)
  • SB Holdings I, LLC v. Indian Harbor Ins. Co., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62506 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 22, 2020)
  • Am. Integrity Ins. Co. v. Estrada, 276 So. 3d 905 (Fla. 3d DCA 2019)
  • Santos v. Am. Integrity Ins. Co., 258 So. 3d 434 (Fla. 3d DCA 2018)
  • Big League Ventures, LLC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, 253 So. 3d 600 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018)
  • Evergreen Lakes Hoa, Inc. v. Lloyd’s Underwriters at London, 2017 Fla. App. LEXIS 14833, 42 Fla. L. Weekly D 2226, 2017 WL 4679597
  • Shlager v. ASI Assurance Corp., 225 So. 3d 829 (Fla. 4th DCA 2017)
  • Torruellas v. Lexington Ins. Co., 221 So. 3d 623 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016)
  • Jinete v. American Integrity Ins. Co., 3D15-1803, (Fla. App. 3rd Dist. 2016)
  • Grover Commer. Enters. v. Aspen Ins. UK, Ltd., 202 So. 3d 877, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 13406, 41 Fla. L. Weekly D 2098 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. Sept. 7, 2016)
  • Samess v. American Strategic Ins. Corporation, 3D14-0543 (Fla. App. 3rd Dist. 2015)
  • Yacht Club on the Intracoastal Condo. Ass’n v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 293 (11TH Cir. Fla. 2015)
  • Khan v. Metro. Cas. Ins. Co., No. 6:12-cv-1354-Orl-KRS, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 200345 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 6, 2014)
  • Yacht Club on the Intracoastal Condo. Ass’n v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 3254, 2013 WL 598389 (11th Cir. Fla. Feb. 15, 2013)
  • Biscayne Cove Condo Assoc. v. QBE, 2013 U.S. Dist., Case No. 10-23728 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 30, 2013)
  • 200 Leslie Condo Assoc. v. QBE, U.S. Dist Case No. 10-61984 (S.D. Fla. 2013)
  • Cypress Chase Condo. Ass’n “A” v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40347, 2013 WL 1191413 (S.D. Fla. 2013)
  • Garden-Aire Condo Assoc. v. QBE, U.S. Dist. Case No. 10-61985 (S.D. Fla 2013)
  • Garden-Aire Vill. S. Condo. Ass’n v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47640, 24 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. D 9, 2013 WL 864570 (S.D. Fla. 2013)
  • Nation Motor Club, Inc. v. Stonebridge Cas. Ins. Co., 24 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. D61 (U.S. S.D. Fla. July 3, 2012)
  • QBE Ins. Corp. v. Chalfonte Condominium Apartment Ass’n., Inc., 2012 Fla. LEXIS 1063 (Fla. 2012)
  • Ocean View Towers Ass’n. v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34758 (S.D. Fl. 2012)
  • Ocean View Condominium Assoc. v. QBE, 2012 U.S. Dist. Case No. 11-CV-60447 (S.D. Fl. 2012)
  • Oriole Gardens Condo. Ass’n. v. Aspen Specialty Ins. Co., 875 F. Supp. 2d 1379, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96432, 23 FLW Fed. D 299, 2012 WL 2854331 (S.D. Fla. 2012)
  • Sea Edge Condo Assoc. v. QBE, U.S. Dist. Case No. CV-61154 (S.D. Fla. 2012)
  • Ensenada Condo. Assoc., Inc. v. QBE Ins. Corp., SC09-441, May 31, 2012
  • 1550 Brickell Assocs. v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2247, 2011 WL 9506 (S.D Fla 2011)
  • Osting Schwinn v Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, 613 F. 3rd 1079 (11th Cir. 2011)
  • General Star Indem. Co. v. Atl. Hospitality of Fla., LLC, 57 So. 3d 238, 2011 Fla. App. LEXIS 3201, 36 Fla. L. Weekly D 515 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 3d Dist. 2011)
  • Shaw-Caillouet v. Bonati Institute, 2011 Pesco Circuit Court, Case No. 51-2005 CA-3022
  • Monaco Beach Club v. QBE Ins. Corp., 30 So. 3d 144; 2010 Fla. App. LEXIS 8899
  • Buckley Towers Condominium, Inc. v. QBE Insurance Corp., 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 19144 (11th Cir. 2010)
  • King Cole Condo. v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108970, (S.D. Fl. 2010)
  • Royal Bahamian Ass’n v. QBE Ins. Corp., 268 F.R.D. 692 (S.D. Fla. 2010)
  • Royal Bahamian Ass’n v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115304 (S.D. Fl. 2010)
  • Summit Towers Condo. Ass’n. v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2010 US Dist. LEXIS 80881, 23 FLW Fed. D 265
  • La Gorce Palace Condo Assoc. v. QBE Ins. Corp., 733 F. Supp. 2d 1332 (S.D. Fla. 2010)
  • Atriums Condo Assoc. v. QBE, 2009 U.S. Dist. Case No. 08-80543 (S.D. Fla. 2009)
  • Coconut Key Homeowners Ass’n v. Lexington Ins. Co., 649 F. Supp. 2d 1363, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83652, 22 Fla. L. Weekly Fed. D 57 (S.D. Fla. 2009)
  • Firstnotebook, Inc. v. Dino Capone, 2009 Fla. App. LEXIS ______ (4 DCA 2009)
  • Page v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34310 (S.D. Fla. April 15, 2009)
  • Vantage View, Inc. v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20938 (S.D. Fla. Mar. 3, 2009)
  • Shaker Vill. Condo. Ass’n v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16483 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 18, 2009)
  • Underwriters at Lloyd’s v. El-Ad Villagio Condo. Ass’n., 2008 Fla. App. LEXIS 714 (4 DCA 2008)
  • 14 Karat Ent., Inc. v. Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, 2008
  • Underwriters at Lloyd’s London v. Osting-Schwinn, 545 F. Supp. 2d 1261 (M.D. Fl. 2008)
  • Underwriters at Lloyd’s London v. Osting-Schwinn, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86786 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 30, 2008)
  • Nirvana Condo. Ass’n. v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100771 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 10, 2008)
  • Isola Condo. Ass’n. v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101165 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 24, 2008)
  • Bonafonte v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65794 (S.D. FL. 2008)
  • Mayfair House Condo. Ass’n. v. QBE Ins. Corp., 2008 U.S. Dist. 66456 (S.D. FL. 2008)
  • Mizner Tower Condo. Ass’n v. QBE Ins. Corp., 530 F. Supp. 2d 1304 (S.D. Fla. 2008)
  • QBE Ins. Corp. v. Dome Condo. Ass’n, 577 F. Supp. 2d 1256 (S.D. Fla. 2008)
  • Royal Marco Point 1 Condo Ass’n. v. QBE Insurance Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60940 (M.D. Fl. 2007)
  • Dorset House Condo. Ass’n. v. QBE Insurance Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62298 (S.D. Fl. 2007)
  • Singer v. Underwriters at Lloyds of London, 2006 Pinellas Circuit Ct., Case No. 02-3136
  • Banco Ficohsa v. Aseguradora, S.A., 2006 Fla. App. LEXIS 11925 (Fla. App. 3rd Dist. 2006)
  • Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London v. Osting-Schwinn, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21844 (M.D. FL. 2006)

<!–6/6/06
Cummings v. MJ Trucking – Settled in Midst of
Trial
Palm Beach Circuit Court –
CASE NO.
502004CA005402XXXXMB

7/14/06
Singer v. Underwriters – Defense
Verdict
Pinellas Circuit Court – CASE NO.
02-3136C1-19

8/9/06
Ruiz v. Marchetti – Defense
Verdict
Monroe Circuit Court – CASE NO.
CAP03-189
 
Personal

Injury

9/7/06
Giron v. Flagler
Jewelry
– Settled

Dade Circuit Court – CASE NO.
05-01767 CA 03

Personal

Injury

9/18/06
Tower 1515 v QBE Ins. – Defense
Verdict in >$20M claim at Summary Jury Trial
USDC, So. District –
CASE NO.
05-80780-CIV-HURLEY/HOPKINS

Property

Damage

10/18/06
Anderson v. Tobacco Road – Compromised
Verdict
Dade Circuit Court – CASE NO.
01-27159-CA 05

4/2007
Caledon Shores v. QBE Ins. – Post-Trial Settlement
$1.5M
Dade Circuit Court – CASE NO.
07-17821 CA 04

Property Damage

4/20/07
Demario v. American Strategic – Defense
Verdict
Palm Beach Circuit Court –
CASE NO. 50-2005-001612 XXXX
MB

8/29/07
Chalfonte v. QBE Ins.  – Plaintiff Verdict, Reversed on
Appeal
USDC, So. District –
CASE NO.
  06-81046-CIV-MIDDLEBROOKS
Property

Damage 

10/10/07
Jones v. Coral Gardens Condo. – Defense
Verdict
Broward Circuit Court – CASE NO.
04-009742- CACE 25

The jury found that there was no negligence on the part of the Defendant
which was the legal cause of damages to the Plaintiff. Defendant filed a
Proposal for Settlement in the amount of $75,000.00; Plaintiff demanded in
excess of $5,000,000.00.

12/07
Ingole v Underwriters
Property Damage – Prior to trial Ms. Ingole demanded $200,000 in full and
final settlement of her claim, and Underwriters final offer of $50,000 was
rejected. During trial, Ms. Ingole
asked the jury to award damages in excess of $110,000.00.
December 20, 2007, a verdict
was entered awarding Ms. Ingole $18,600.00, a fraction of the amount
demanded.

3/27/08
14 Karat v. Underwriters – Defense Verdict
Dade Circuit Court – CASE NO.
05-15299-CA20

Property Loss – Plaintiff claimed >$1M in
damages due to robbery of jewelry under Jeweler’s Block policy. Defense claim
that the loss was procured by the insured and that there were material
misrepresentations (fraud).

9/26/08
Vantage View v QBE Ins. 
USDC, So. District – CASE NO.
07-61038-CIV-MARRA

Property Damage – Property Loss (Hurricane
Wilma). Plaintiff submitted a $13M POL, but “reduced” its claim at trial to
approximately $6M. Insurer offered $2M at commencement of trial. Insured awarded
roughly $1M, significantly less than final offer and
demand(s).

10/24/08
Monaco Beach v. QBE, Ins. – Defense
Verdict
Collier Circuit Court –
CASE NO.
06-2066-CA/06-1920 CA
(consolidated)

Property Damage (Fraud) – Plaintiff claimed
roughly $22M in damages due to Hurricane Wilma. It spent approximately $11M on
“repairs,” seeking about $11M more from its insurer. Insurer contended completed
and future contemplated “repairs” (including windows and sliding glass doors)
were to a great extent deferred maintenance and betterments, and that insured
had made material misrepresentations in its claim.

2/13/09
Buckley Towers v QBE Ins. – Plaintiff Verdict, Reversed on
Appeal
USDC, So. District –
CASE NO.
07-22988-CIV-MORENO/SIMONTON

Property Damage

8/3/09
Bel House v. Citizens &
Underwriters

Dade Circuit Court – CASE
NO. 07-01198 CA 40

Property Damage – Before trial, the Plaintiff demanded $1.735 million
from Underwriters and $1.6 million from Citizens. At the close of the
Plaintiff’s case, Plaintiff accepted Underwriters’ offer of $100,000, inclusive
of attorney’s fees and costs.
The case against Citizens went to the jury where the Plaintiff
asked for $2.8 million. The jury came back with a verdict of $141,000, which
became $91,000 after the deductible was applied. Citizens’ offer before trial
was $100,000. Thus, the jury awarded an amount less than the pre-trial offer, 9%
of the Plaintiff’s pre-trial demand, and 5% of the Plaintiff’s demand to the
jury.

9/3/09
Ciotoli v. Nationwide – Defense
Verdict
Palm Beach Circuit – CASE NO. 50
2006 CA 006142XXXXMB AE
 
Property

Damage

9/16/09
Atriums v QBE Ins. – Defense
Verdict
USDC, So. District – CASE NO.
08-80543-CIV-MARRA/JOHNSON

Property Damage – Plaintiff’s POL was $5.7M.

12/18/09         Dome v.
QBE Ins.
– Defense Verdict 
USDC, So. District –
CASE
NO. 08-20906-CIV-SEITZ/O’SULLIVAN

Property Damage – The jury awarded Dome $3,866,994.64, approximately
$700,000 less than QBE’s pre trial offer. (Demand
$11.5 million/Offer
$4.5 million (gross); $2.5 million net of
deductible)

1/19/10
King Cole v. QBE Ins. – Defense
Verdict      
USDC, So. District –
CASE
NO. 08-23350-CIV-GRAHAM/TORRES

Property Damage – Plaintiff sought $5.8M in
alleged hurricane damage.   

7/14/10
Oliva v. Citizens – $30,000.00 for
Plaintiff
Dade County Circuit – CASE NO.
09-52774 CA 21
 
Late Notice

(Wilma Claim)  

9/15/10
Beach Road v. QBE Ins.– Settled at
Trial
Indian River Circuit Court – CASE
NO. 2006-0475-CA-03
Bad Faith

11/24/10
Royal Bahamian v. QBE, Ins. – Compromised Verdict,
Settled
USDC, So. District – CASE NO.
1:10-CV- 21099

1/7/11
1550 v. QBE, Ins. – Settled in Midst of
Trial
USDC, So. District – CASE
NO.
07-22283-CIV-LENARD/TORRES

5/5/11
SG Findings v. GM Prop. – Defense
Verdict 
Dade Circuit Court – CASE NO. 04-15935 CA
21

Negligent Security – Plaintiff, SG Findings, a company dealing in
precious metals, was a tenant in the Seybold Building, in downtown Miami.  GM Properties Corporation owned and
operated a building adjacent to the Seybold Building.
Plaintiff’s Precious metal business was on the third floor.
The third floor of the GM Property building was vacant. In March, 2004,
Plaintiff allegedly suffered a burglary of precious metals, valued up to
$400,000. that had been left out of their safes. Plaintiff claimed the burglars were
allowed to wrongfully enter GM Properties and break through two block walls into
the Plaintiff’s property.
Plaintiff sued GM Property claiming it was negligent in providing
security to GM’s building, which allowed the burglary to occur on SG Findings’
property. BMS argued to the jury
that GM Properties was not negligent, or in the alternative, that any burglary
which may have occurred was solely due to the negligence of SG Findings
itself.   The jury returned a
complete defense verdict, finding GM Properties was not at fault.

5/20/11
Ibanez v. Citizens – Defense
Verdict
Dade Circuit Court – CASE
NO. 09-05155 CA 32
Property Damage

6/17/11
Shaw-Caillouet, v. Bonati Institute – Defense
Verdict
Pasco Circuit Court – CASE NO.
51-2005-CA-3022-WS
 
Medical

Malpractice

10/19/11
Sanchez v. Citizens – Defense
Verdict
Dade Circuit Court – CASE NO.
10-6667 CA 27
 
Hurricane

Wilma (Late Notice) –

1/6/12
Ocean View v. QBE, Ins. – Defense
Verdict
USDC, So. District – CASE NO:     0:11-cv-60447-JIC   

Hurricane Wilma – Insured made claim for Hurricane Wilma damages
shortly after the storm and QBE adjusted and paid the loss in June 2006. In
October 2010, insured filed suit and sought damages in the amount of $4
million.  Defense Verdict 1/10/12.

5/1/12
Sea Edge v. QBE, Ins. – Defense
Verdict
USDC, So. Dist. –
0:11-CV-61154-FAM – USDC Judge
Moreno
 
Hurricane

Wilma (re-open)


5/1/12
Estefan Ent. d/b/a Pin Pon Corp. v. Lexington – Settled after
Trial 
Indian River Circuit Court – Case No. 3120 09 CA01 2244
XXXXXX
 
Plaintiff  verdict less than offered prior to

trial.

6/15/12
Summit vs. QBE Ins. – Settled during
Trial
USDC, So. District –
CASE NO.
0:11-CV-60601-SEITZ/SIMONTON

6/27/12
Palm Bay Yacht vs. QBE, Ins. – Settled at
Trial 
USDC, So. District –
CASE
NO.: 10-CV-23685-LENARD/O’SULLIVAN

3/8/13
Garden-Aire Village South Cond. v. QBE Ins. – Defense
Verdict
USDC, So. District – CASE NO.:
10-61985-CIV-DIMITROULEAS/SNOW

3/11/13
200 Leslie vs. QBE Ins. – Defense
Verdict 
USDC, So. District – CASE NO.:
10-61984-CIV-OTAZO-REYES
 

8/30/13
Biscayne Cove Condo. Ass’n v. QBE Ins.—Defense
Verdict
USDC, So. District- CASE NO.:
10-23728-CIV-O’SULLIVAN–>